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Score 8.5 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

LibreOffice

If you have basic or intermediate use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, LibreOffice is a free alternative to other more expensive programs. The features and documentation are more than adequate and you will be supporting open software, which, depending on your line of work, may also align with corporate and institutional values.
If your organization is more cloud-based or is using online collaboration, then LibreOffice offers fewer features and it is by far a lot less user-friendly than its proprietary competitors such as Office 365 or Google Docs.
Javier Schwersensky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

I strongly recommend Microsoft Office 365, for those companies that are starters or if they're looking for a collaborative Microsoft Suite to reduce deployment times, and stressful management, Office 365 can allow you to run your mail accounts, shared cloud Files and, IM communication, track down the usage of information and leverage the process of delivering to your teams the development of company process. Remember is a great tool if you got a decent Internet Service Provider, if not you'll need another on premise solution to avoid sync issues or data disruptions.
Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

LibreOffice

  • It's free, which is the biggest difference between Office. It definitely feels like a full-fledged office suite of software for no more than the cost of an optional donation.
  • Lots of templates exist out on the internet for Writer and Impress (the Word and PowerPoint equivalents in LibreOffice). The open source community really likes to support one another in their usage of each other's software.
  • It works smoothly on almost every OS out there, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
Christopher Boyd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

  • It opens and edits the vast majority of file formats given to us for our education.
  • It's widely used and relatively easy to learn if you've never been exposed to it before.
  • The additional web accessibility is handy for getting some cloud-based documents and emails while away from my computer.
Tom Pentzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

LibreOffice

  • The compatibility when switching the file format could be a little bit better.
  • Sometimes it crashes and you lose all your data.
  • It's a good alternative to Microsoft Office but it's not quite the same. We miss some features and tools.
Laura Gatius | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

  • I use process flowcharts frequently as a consultant. I have not found a useful Microsoft app to provide this capability that helps produce a professional result. Smart Art is quite limited.
  • Screen capture is limited with tools such as "Snip". I'm forced to use third-party tools such as SnagIt. I use image capture every day to create training materials and reports.
  • Creating documents with an Index and reference paragraphs I find difficult to use.
David DJ Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We use it consistently and have a lot of documents in the OpenDocument format so it will be necessary to use LibreOffice or a compatible product such as Openoffice in the future to be able to open these files. Because the license fee for Libreoffice is zero it is not very costly to keep using it - the costs are mostly for keeping it installed on the office PCs and regularly updated, and solving employee issues with the user support.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 10.0
Based on 1 answer
There are many features of Office that we cannot replicate in any other tool. Plus people know it already. It's not going away anytime soon.
Rebecca T Barber, MBA, PHD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.8
Based on 3 answers
Good alternative to the pay software, it is powerful and can help a lot a
specially working in-house and using some of the tools, specially Sheets
which you can configure by your own and makes easy its working, intuitive interface and offers a lot of functional tools for the price.
David García Caballero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 7.6
Based on 2 answers
Because in spite of allowing so many opportunities and possibilities, this same cause that there is a conflict at the time of manipulating more advanced or specialized options.
Luis Garcia Müller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Libreoffice is a desktop app not requiring any server part so it is always available when the PC is working normally. Installing it on another machine if one PC fails is very quick and easy. This is a non-issue.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

No score
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Performance

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 6.0
Based on 1 answer
For big/imported tables or text documents with images loaded from the internet it is sometimes getting very slow, RAM and CPU intensive, and sometimes even hangs due to some memory leaks or other bugs. This is a long-term problem and is still not resolved perfectly.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

No score
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Support

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.8
Based on 5 answers
You need to know how to google search for answers. LibreOffice has good documentation, but you can't order a training session.
Robert Gephart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 7.7
Based on 41 answers
8 because sometimes you do need to wait for a callback or help.But they are a huge company and I can't expect to have someone at our beck and call the very few times i've needed immediate support.They're always friendly and try hard. Feel like they really want you to be satisfied.
Mike Petrich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Generally easy to perform, issues are how to ensure regular automatic updates on Mac OS X. Fortunatly we have only a few machines with OS X run by management and we can do these updates manually occasionally. Windows updates are quite easy with the support of third party software such as Ninite or Chocolatey, and Linux updates are super-easy thanks to the package manager (apt-get).
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

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Alternatives Considered

LibreOffice

I choose LibreOffice because it's open source, free, low cost and multi-platform. It's the perfect office suite if you use Linux, there's no bettter choice. Also by reducing license costs, company could spend money on more important stuff.

Also there's a lot of documentation online so people can learn how to use the tools by their own.
Miguel Useche | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is the industry standard, so much easier to use in the business world. It is more robust than the competition and is a mature product. GSuite may have an edge in user experience on smaller mobile devices, but that is changing. Personally, Guite's email interface and functionality are much better than the one in Microsoft Office 365. The concept of putting things in folders is a bit outdated, and the searchability in GSuite is superior.
Tom Wondra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.0
Based on 1 answer
With more users using it in the company there are more cases when a simultaneous editing of the same document is needed and this feature is lacking in Libreoffice even though the files concerned are shared and synced by some solution (we use ownCloud). Google Docs or MS Office365 via Sharepoint/Onedrive offer a better function for this.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

No score
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Return on Investment

LibreOffice

  • The upfront and on-going cost of LibreOffice is $0 - keeping overhead down is essential for many of us small business owners.
  • Having a full suite of communications and data tools available for free (which we can save in our clients' preferred software formats, btw), keeps us looking professional.
  • Every dollar we're NOT investing in software, where a fully functional, free alternative is available, is money we can put toward other business optimizations, such as marketing, hardware, device upgrades, etc.
Linda Sasenick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Office 365

  • Gaining features such as cloud-hosted emails has had a dramatically positive impact, allowing us to reference email no matter where we are.
  • As we use more cloud-sharing features, we're running into less version conflicts and "read only" prompts when someone has a document open.
  • Overall, it's continued to make us more efficient.
Chris Cromer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

LibreOffice

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Office 365

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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